MCBC Members Only Luncheon, school infrastructure investment at MPUSD, building future ag-tech expertise, and proposed transportation improvements.
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 A Weekly Newsletter Promoting Monterey County:
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Friday, Aug. 23, 2019

Edition 805

Assemblymember Robert Rivas featured at our next Members Only Luncheon

We are excited to welcome Assemblymember Robert Rivas to our monthly members-only lunch. Robert Rivas, who is in his first term, represents the 30th District, which includes parts of Monterey and San Benito counties. Assemblymember Rivas will be discussing with MCBC members some of his current legislation for our district.

Monterey County Business Council Monthly Luncheons are for MEMBERS ONLY.

Friday, Oct. 11, 2019 
11:30 a.m.-1:30 p.m.
Bayonet Black Horse Golf Course, Seaside

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Rancho Cielo's inaugural ag-tech training program launches at Ted Taylor Ag-Vocational Center

A fresh crop of students will spend the next 10 months learning to fix and maintain industrial food processing equipment as part of a new Rancho Cielo program that started Tuesday.
The Ted Taylor Ag-Vocational Center will train students at a new building with classrooms and a replica of a food-processing plant's floor and refrigeration unit so students learn hands-on, said Susie Brusa, CEO of Rancho Cielo.
The 27,000-square-foot, $5.7 million building will also house additional training areas, such as automotive and tractor repair. Rancho Cielo works with the agriculture industry in Salinas to determine what jobs are and will continue to be in demand. Read more
Source: The Salinas Californian

Public-private $6.5 million Cooper-Molera restoration gets nominated for historic preservation award

One of Monterey’s (MCBC member) oldest groups of historic buildings is getting statewide recognition for the quality of its preservation efforts. A private-public partnership resulted in a $6.5 million restoration of the Cooper Molera Adobe, which dates back to the early 1800s. The adobe’s museum was renovated and commercial spaces were retrofitted from adobe structures. Earlier this year Alta Bakery + Cafe opened on the site and later this year Cella Restaurant plans to open.
The Cooper Molera restoration was nominated to the California Preservation Foundation, which then awarded 21 historic structures statewide with accolades for varying types of key preservation projects.
Cooper Molera includes two adjacent adobe homes, a corner store, an adobe warehouse, a barn complex and gardens surrounded by an adobe wall. It dates back to 1827 and represents the layered history of the families who lived in and built Monterey as the political and commercial capital of Mexican Alta California, according to the National Trust for Historic Preservation.
“The property has, from its earliest history, represented a classic tale of shared use: an intersection of individuals and families with different origins, carrying out different occupations and businesses, each contributing to a common vision that is clearly evident in today’s Monterey,” said the National Trust in a written statement. Read more
Source: Monterey County Herald

TAMC to consider proposed $87.8 million traffic safety upgrade along Highway 218 corridor

Calling for traffic upgrades ranging from installing a “protected intersection” at busy Del Monte Boulevard to adding roundabouts at key intersections, a draft corridor study envisions transforming Canyon Del Rey Boulevard from Seaside to Del Rey Oaks into a safer, more pedestrian and bicycle-friendly thoroughfare in less than a decade.
Dubbed the Highway 218/Canyon Dey Rey Boulevard Corridor Study, the report to be considered by the Transportation Agency for Monterey County (MCBC member) next week calls for spending an estimated $87.8 million in various traffic safety improvements by 2028. The TAMC board is set to meet at 9 a.m. on Wednesday next week.
The study evaluated conditions along the 2.85-mile roadway connecting Highway 1 and Monterey-Salinas Highway starting in 2018. The goal is to create a more “complete” corridor serving all modes of transportation from pedestrians and bicyclists to motorists and people of all ages and abilities, according to a staff report. Read more
Source: Monterey County Herald

Students return to MPUSD infrastructure investments

Students returning to Seaside High last week for the start of school came back to six new state-of-the-art classrooms designed for team teaching, replacing 12 old portable buildings. Monterey Peninsula Unified School District (MCBC member) Superintendent PK Diffenbaugh said two teachers will be in the classes with larger groups of students as part of the New Tech Network project-based learning model being implemented at Seaside High. The larger classrooms include features such as TV screens that connect easily to computers to replace projectors, touchscreen technology and furniture that moves easily so teachers can seamlessly switch from full-group instruction to smaller groups.
Portable classrooms were also removed at Walter Colton Middle, Del Rey Woods Elementary and Foothill Elementary.
At Seaside’s Central Coast High School, which was recognized as a model continuation school last year, a $1 million revitalization was completed to its culinary kitchen over the summer, with the goal of teaching students about entrepreneurship, small business skills and creating career pathways. “It’s a state-of-the-art instructional kitchen,” Diffenbaugh said. “It still can be used for delivering food, but it was designed with instruction in mind.”  
Diffenbaugh said many behind-the-scenes infrastructure projects have also been completed, including new heating, ventilation and air conditioning systems at schools across the district. Read more
Source: Monterey County Herald

California Rodeo: Donations make a difference for local nonprofits 

Local nonprofits, including the American Cancer Society, Hartnell Little League and Ag Against Hunger, received more than a half-million dollars in donations from this year's California Rodeo Salinas. Non-profit groups work at various events at the Salinas Sports Complex throughout the year. The donations earned on top of discounted facility rentals, ticket donations and tips all added up to $534,919.38 given back to the non-profits for 2019. Learn more
Source: KION

We at Monterey Bay Procurement Technical Assistance Center (PTAC) help businesses navigate the labyrinth of the government procurement system. Visit the website to learn about upcoming workshops or sign up to become a client. Call 831-216-3000 or see us on Facebook: @MontereyBayPTAC.


 40th Annual California Hispanic Chambers of Commerce Statewide Convention, Wednesday, Aug. 21-Friday, Aug. 23
Location: University Plaza Waterfront Hotel, 110 W. Fremont St., Stockton

Special thanks to the County of Monterey for its ongoing support of the Monterey County Business Council's efforts for economic development and education.

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